?County Council meets for final time in 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 December 2008 00:00
??    The Washington County Council met for the final time this year on Monday, December 1; all members were present.  The minutes of previous meetings and all claims were approved unanimously.
    Nancy Lambring of the Department of Child Services (DCS) addressed the Council giving an update on expected expenses and revenues for her department through the remainder of 2008.  Under the new “circuit breaker” property tax plan, funding for DCS will revert to the State of Indiana as of January 1, 2009.  However, DCS expenses and revenues through the end of the current year will not be completely calculated for 60-90 days after the first of the year according to Lambring.  
    She estimated total expenses for the remainder of 2008 coming due in 2009 are in excess of $76,000.  Furthermore, it is expected that some of that amount will be reimbursed by the state and federal governments.
     Lambring was uncertain as to what the reimbursements would be.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 December 2008 11:05
?Commissioners receive bids for highway department materials PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 December 2008 00:00
?    The Washington County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Wednesday, December 3; all members were present.  The Commissioners unanimously approved the minutes of previous meetings, all claims and payroll.
    According to Board President, Lana Sullivan, the number of bids for materials ranging from gasoline to culvert pipe and gravel this year exceeded anything she can remember.  
    Commissioners Mike Goering and Byron Green agreed with Sullivan.
    After County Attorney, Tom Scifres, read the bids for nearly an hour, the Commissioners agreed to take the bids under advisement and asked Highway Superintendent, Rick Graves to review the bid specifications and make a recommendation to the Board.  
    The bids will be awarded at the December 17 Commissioners meeting.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 December 2008 11:07
?Commentary . . . How did we get to this point? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 December 2008 00:00
??    As I have stated in previous commentaries several times, my dad and my wife are the two wisest people I ever met.  That being said, they have both helped me to learn that if you expect to get better in the future you must be honest about the past and understand how that history has brought you to this point in time. There are numerous anecdotal examples of their wisdom when it comes to the subject of learning from the past, but the Clift’s Notes version can be digested into two simple statements:
     •    Learn from the past, live in the present, and plan for the future.
     •    You do not learn from failure; you learn from success after failure.
    Some people will argue that rehashing past mistakes only focuses on negatives.  However, the counter to that argument is that confession is good for the soul.  In other words, the catharsis that comes from facing one’s past sins/mistakes and then moving on cannot be overemphasized. I need to make it clear that there is a distinction between acknowledging/learning from the past and holding a grudge.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 December 2008 11:10
?Breakfast with Santa planned at Pierce-Polk Fire Department PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 10 December 2008 00:00
??    The Pierce-Polk Fire Department, located on Highway 60 in Pekin across from Jaam Video, will host a Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 13, from 8 till 10 a.m.
    Parents are urged to bring their children to visit with Santa to give him their Christmas wish lists.
    The meal, which will be $6 for an all-you-can-eat breakfast, will include eggs, bacon, sausage, gravy, hashbrowns, coffee, orange drink and milk.
    Proceeds from the event will go to the operating expenses of the fire department.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 December 2008 11:11
?Commissioners hear that medical insurance costs for county will increase less than expected PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 November 2008 00:00
?    The Washington County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Wednesday, November 19.  All members were present except Mike Goering, who had a death in his family. The minutes of previous meetings, all claims, and payroll requests were approved unanimously.
    Mark Nantz of Knapp, Miller, Brown Insurance told the Commissioners that the premium for the county’s medical insurance program will increase in 2009 by 4.54 percent. According to Nantz this is much less than expected and can be attributed to employees submitting fewer claims and more of them opting for higher deductibles.
    John Newberry, who is responsible for the upkeep of the county’s computer systems told the Commissioners that a new virus protection program needs to be installed at a cost of $1085 for a three year license. Newberry also recommended the purchase of a second server at a cost of approximately $7000. Newberry warned that the current server has no reliable backup and that vital records could be lost.  The Commissioners authorized the purchase of the virus protection program but advised Newberry to work with Superior Court personnel who are exploring the possibility of cyber-storage of court document.  It is hoped that the two systems might be integrated and save the county money.
    Marji Morris and Sharon Smith spoke to the Commissioners about the horse arena at the county fairgrounds.  According to Morris and Smith, the facility is in such disrepair that it is no longer safe.  The Commissioners entertained three proposals to upgrade the structures. All the Commissioners agreed that the project needs to be done and asked Morris and Smith to return after the first of the year with updated estimates on the costs of repair and new construction.
    Bobby Lamb of Hoosier Uplands asked for and received a resolution to approve a housing rehab grant for $125,000 to be used to fix up 8 or 9 homes in the county. Lamb also alluded to a grant that his organization is working on to assist county residents avoid foreclosure. According to Lamb, Washington County has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the state.
    As a final piece of business, the Commissioners approved a request from Emergency Management Director, Christy Vernon, for 21 days of medical leave, beginning on December 10.
    With no further business to conduct, the Commissioners adjourned until their next regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, December 3.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2008 13:03
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